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The media according to Chomsky is very oppressive He proves this point many times by making references to George Orwells Animal Farm as well as comparing the manner in which the media operates to fascism In addition to portraying the media as fascist he implies that the media is completely intertwined with depends on and serves the purposes of giant corporations and the American government Although some may see this as radical I fully agree with him He says that there is an elite media that sets the agenda for the media They set the standards by which media must operate and have the resources to do so Their interests may be political business-driven or academic but regardless of their specific goals the general motive is to control what reaches the public the audiences that are captured by the media He charges that the media is a tyrannical system that serves the purpose of the government corporations and universities In order for the media to run they must be financed by these groups and therefore must conform to their desires Also many times media will actually be owned by giant companies such as General Electric and Westinghouse When I read this it really struck a chord Often while watching TV I will notice shameless blatant advertising and propaganda where there should be none For instance Rupert Murdoch owns Fox Therefore Fox News is very clearly tilted towards the right they are not very critical of Republican Campaigns or of the Bush Administration Information that reaches the public is altered by a wealthy few such as Murdoch to further their own agendas Chomsky says The press is owned by wealthy people who only want certain things to reach the publics if you dont adapt to that youre usually out Another example that he gives of media used for political goals is pre-World War I America Americans were vehemently against the war and did not want to
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